Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Top 25 - Week Six

1. Oklahoma Sooners (1)
Record: 5-0 (1-0)
Coaches Poll: 1
Associated Press: 1
Last Week: Won @ Baylor 49-17

The Sooners came out like gangbusters, taking a 28-0 first quarter lead. Linebackers Travis Lewis, Keenan Clayton and Ryan Reynolds combined for 36 tackles and 1.5 sacks (4.5 TFLs).
Up Next: 10/11: vs. Texas; 10/18: vs. Kansas

2. LSU Tigers (2)
Record: 4-0 (2-0)
Coaches Poll: 3
Associated Press: 4
Last Week: BYE

LSU had Saturday off, but Coach Les Miles wanted to ensure they wouldn’t get rusty, so he had his Tigers scrimmage (70 plays) as they prepare for their trip to “The Swamp”.
Up Next: 10/11: @ Florida; 10/18: @ S. Carolina

3. Missouri Tigers (3)
Record: 5-0 (1-0)
Coaches Poll: 2
Associated Press: 3
Last Week: Won @ Nebraska 52-17

Payback is a…you can fill in the blank. The last time the Tigers won in Lincoln was 30 years ago and they were unrelenting on Saturday.
Up Next: 10/11: vs. Ok. St.; 10/18: @ Texas

4. Alabama Crimson Tide (4)
Record: 6-0 (3-0)
Coaches Poll: 4
Associated Press: 2
Last Week: Won vs. Kentucky 17-14

It was the Paul Coffee show in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. While John Parker Wilson (7-of-17) struggled, the junior tailback rumbled for 218 yards, including a 78-yard scoring scamper.
Up Next: 10/11: BYE; 10/18: vs. Mississippi

5. Penn St. Nittany Lions (5)
Record: 6-0 (2-0)
Coaches Poll: 6
Associated Press: 6
Last Week: Won @ Purdue 20-6

PSU controlled the game in every aspect— quarterback Daryll Clark was sharp (18-of-26 passing), tailback Evan Royster explosive (141 yards) and the defense stifling (241 yards).
Up Next: 10/11: @ Wisconsin; 10/18: vs. Mich.

6. Texas Longhorns (7)
Record: 5-0 (1-0)
Coaches Poll: 5
Associated Press: 5
Last Week: Won @ Colorado 38-14

Senior tailback Chris Ogbonnaya, recently named a Draddy Trophy semifinalist, had a standout game with 71 rushing yards on just nine carries and 116 receiving yards on six receptions.
Up Next: 10/11: vs. Oklahoma; 10/18: vs. Mizzou

7. Southern California Trojans (9)
Record: 3-1 (1-1)
Coaches Poll: 9
Associated Press: 8
Last Week: Won vs. Oregon 44-10

How good were the Trojans on Saturday? Even Ohio St. felt bad for the Ducks. USC outgained Oregon 598 yards to 239 yards.
Up Next: 10/11: vs. Arizona St.; 10/18: @ WSU

8. Georgia Bulldogs (8)
Record: 4-1 (1-1)
Coaches Poll: 10
Associated Press: 10
Last Week: BYE

The Dawgs used their bye week to lick their wounds and hopefully, to get healthy. Starting with UT, UGA has six straight weeks of football.
Up Next: 10/11: vs. Tennessee; 10/18: Vanderbilt

9. Ohio St. Buckeyes (11)
Record: 5-1 (2-0)
Coaches Poll: 11
Associated Press: 12
Last Week: Won @ Wisconsin 20-17

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor came of age on the Buckeyes’ final drive in Madison. Trailing 17-13 late in the game, the freshman completed 3-of-4 passes for 59 yards and finished the drive with an 11-yard game-winning scoring scamper.
Up Next: 10/11: vs. Purdue; 10/18: @ MSU

10. Texas Tech (12)
Record: 5-0 (1-0)
Coaches Poll: 7
Associated Press: 7
Last Week: Won @ Kansas St. 58-28

Quarterback Graham Harrell had 316 yards and five touchdown passes—at the half. He finished with 454 yards and six scoring passes. Tech doubled K-State in total yards gained: 626 to 296.
Up Next: 10/11: vs. Nebraska; 10/18: @ T. A & M

11. Utah Utes (13)
Record: 6-0 (2-0)
Coaches Poll: 13
Associated Press: 14
Last Week: Won vs. Oregon St. 31-28

Utah scored 11 points in the final 1:30 to stay undefeated—a 25-yard touchdown pass by Brian Johnson brought them within two, a Johnson run tied the score, and a Louie Sakoda kick won it.
Up Next: 10/11: @ Wyoming; 10/18: vs. CSU

12. BYU Cougars (14)
Record: 5-0 (1-0)
Coaches Poll: 8
Associated Press: 9
Last Week: Won @ Utah St. 34-14

The game was over after the first quarter, as BYU jumped out to a 24-0 lead. They scored through the air (Austin Collie), on the ground (Harvey Unga) and on defense (Brandon Bradley).
Up Next: 10/11: vs. New Mexico; 10/16: @ TCU

13. Vanderbilt Commodores (21)
Record: 5-0 (3-0)
Coaches Poll: 14
Associated Press: 13
Last Week: Won vs. Auburn 14-13

When Auburn jumped out to 13-0 first quarter lead, raise your hand if you thought the clock struck midnight for Cinderella? You were not alone. That was all scoring Vandy would allow.
Up Next: 10/11: @ Miss. St.; 10/18: @ Georgia

13. Florida Gators (15)
Record: 4-1 (2-1)
Coaches Poll: 12
Associated Press: 11
Last Week: Won @ Arkansas 38-7

The Gators had two 100-yard rushers and neither was named Tim Tebow or Percy Harvin. Chris Rainey (10.3 YPC) and Jeffrey Demps (14.6 YPC) each rushed for 103 yards as they pulled away.
Up Next: 10/11: vs. LSU; 10/18: BYE

14. South Florida Bulls (6)
Record: 5-1 (0-1)
Coaches Poll: 20
Associated Press: 19
Last Week: Lost vs. Pittsburgh 26-21

By the time USF’s offense got going, the defense was already worn down and couldn’t protect a 21-20 lead. Pitt ran 17 more plays than the Bulls.
Up Next: 10/11: BYE; 10/18: vs. Syracuse

15. Kansas Jayhawks (16)
Record: 4-1 (1-0)
Coaches Poll: 15
Associated Press: 16
Last Week: Won @ Iowa St. 35-33

The Jayhawks found themselves on the wrong side of a 20-0 halftime score. However, a 67-yard touchdown pass from Todd Reesing to tailback Jake Sharpe on their first offensive play of the second half sparked a thrilling comeback.
Up Next: 10/11: vs. Colorado; 11/18: @ OU

17. Boise St. Broncos (17)
Record: 4-0 (1-0)
Coaches Poll: 16
Associated Press: 15
Last Week: Won vs. Louisiana Tech 38-3

Southpaw Kellen Moore topped 300 yards passing for the second straight game and added two touchdown passes in his first WAC win.
Next: 10/11: @ Southern Miss; 10/17: vs. Hawaii

18. Oklahoma St. Cowboys (18)
Record: 5-0 (1-0)
Coaches Poll: 17
Associated Press: 17
Last Week: Won vs. Texas A & M 56-28

In their tune up for Missouri, the Cowboys were led by sophomore wide out Dez Bryant. The Texas native scored four touchdowns—three by air (five receptions for 106 yards) and one on a 78-yard punt return to put the Pokes up 21-0.
Up Next: 10/11: @ Missouri; 10/18: vs. Baylor

19. California Golden Bears (22)
Record: 4-1 (2-0)
Coaches Poll: 25
Associated Press: NR
Last Week: Won vs. Arizona St. 24-14

California took control of the game with three scores in the game’s first 20 minutes, including a pair of touchdown passes by Nate Longshore—he threw in all—as he returned to the starting role.
Up Next: 10/11: BYE; 10/18: @ Arizona

20. Auburn Tigers (10)
Record: 4-2 (2-2)
Coaches Poll: 23
Associated Press: 20
Last Week: Lost @ Vanderbilt 14-13

After scoring two touchdowns in the opening stanza, the Tigers’ offense was shutout for the final three quarters in Nashville. Quarterback Chris Todd completed just 8-of-16 passes and his back Kodi Burns was just as bad (2-of-6).
Up Next: 10/11: vs. Arkansas; 10/18: BYE

21. Virginia Tech Hokies (23)
Record: 5-1 (2-0)
Coaches Poll: 18
Associated Press: 18
Last Week: Won vs. Western Kentucky 27-13

The Hokies struggled to get their running game going, averaging just three yards a carry. For the second straight game, freshman Darren Evans failed to reach 80 yards despite 21 carries.
Up Next: 10/11: BYE; 10/18: @ Boston College

22. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (24)
Record: 3-0 (1-0)
Coaches Poll: 21
Associated Press: 21
Last Week: BYE

Riley Skinner looks to bounce back from his five turnover game (four interceptions), as the Demon Deacons look to take control in the ACC Atlantic.
Up Next: 10/9: vs. Clemson; 10/18: @ Maryland

23. Wisconsin Badgers (19)
Record: 3-1 (0-1)
Coaches Poll: 24
Associated Press: NR
Last Week: Lost @ Michigan 27-25

After blowing back-to-back halftime leads to UM and OSU, what do they have left in the tank?
Up Next: 10/4: vs. Ohio St.; 10/11: vs. Penn St.

24. Illinois Fighting Illini (25)
Record: 3-2 (1-1)
Coaches Poll: NR
Associated Press: NR
Last Week: Won @ Michigan 45-20

Junior Juice Williams showed 110,000 that he can throw the football (310 yards, two touchdowns), as well as run it (121 yards, two touchdowns).
Up Next: 10/11: vs. Minnesota; 10/18: vs. Indiana

25. Kentucky Wildcats (20)
Record: 4-1 (0-1)
Coaches Poll: NR
Associated Press: NR
Last Week: Lost @ Alabama 17-14

The offense leaves much to be desired, but the Cats’ defense proved to be very worthy.
Up Next: 10/11: vs. USC; 10/18: vs. Arkansas

Five to Watch: Ball St., Michigan St., North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Tulsa

Dropped Out: No Teams Dropped

Photo Credit: OU Athletics Department